As part of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture Celebrations for 2008, the Tall Ships Parade of Sail event takes place over the weekend of 19th July to 20th July, culminating on Monday 21st July with the “parade of sail” when the spectacular sailing ships will sail out of the Liverpool docks and out of the River Mersey at New Brighton heading for Norway.
The sailing ships will be berthed in the majority of docks located on the East/Liverpool Side of the river including Albert, Wellington and Sandon docks and will be open to the public on both days.
The best places to watch the parade from the Wirral side will be along the promenade at Woodside, Birkenhead, Seacombe Ferry, Egremont, Wallasey and New Brighton.
Sailing vessels scheduled take part include Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway) a three-masted steel barque, Shabab Oman (Oman) now a barquentine but previously a topsail schooner named Captain Scott, and Royalist (UK) built in 1971 by Groves and Gutteridge in Cowes, Isle of Wight, owned and operated by the Sea Cadet Association. There are nearly 70 other ships expected to take part. See the Tall Ships’ Races Liverpool 2008 website for further details.